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Cuba Travel Restrictions
Wednesday, December 29, 2004   By: Juan Paxety

A call for an end to travel restrictions - from a Florida newspaper

The SW Florida News-Press has an interesting editorial on travel restrictions here.

The irrationality and injustice of U.S. travel and trade restrictions on Cuba are two reasons for ending the failed four-decade-old effort to topple or even moderate the communist regime with embargoes.

New travel restrictions imposed in July by the Bush administration cut in half the number of airplane seat reservations in the second six months of this year compared with the same period in 2003.

The restrictions have caused suffering among Cuban-Americans and their relatives on the island, who get money, food, medicine and emotional support from visits.

Unfortunately, the opinion piece is short on analysis and solution. There's no real mention of what the writer would do to replace the current restrictions.

As I've written before, I think piecemeal measures will help prop up the monster's dictatorship.  Only the enormous pressure of the U.S. economy will help Cuba's citizens topple the tyrant.


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